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City says Wildcats out of indoor football running

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By Robert Hydrick - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The city of Albany has run out of patience with the South Georgia Wildcats.

The Wildcats are no longer being considered in the bidding for indoor football at the Albany Civic Center.

Assistant city manager Wes Smith says the city has bent over backwards to work with the Wildcats who have played the last five years in Albany.

But Smith says team owner Silvio Fazzini failed to sign a lease approved in July and Smith says Fazzini has not returned repeated phone calls and messages from city officials about a new lease.

Fazzini says he could not sign that lease in August because the AF2 league was about to fold and the Arena Football 1 League was still on the drawing board.

The Wildcats application to new AF1 league is being held up for several reasons.

One of which is the team does not have a lease.

Groups representing the Southern Indoor Football League and the Indoor Football League are vying to play in the Albany Civic Center.

Wes Smith says the city will decide in a matter of days which of those two groups to begin lease negotiations to play in the Civic Center.

Fazzini says he has been waiting to hear from the city's Central Services Department director Stephen Collier on whether the previous lease was still on the table or if new negotiations needed to start.

Fazzini says he is sending team general manager Ryan Nolen to Albany from Florida on Thursday to personally meet with city officials to discuss the lease negotiations.



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